During the past month, XJTLU was mentioned in media reports from domestic outlets such as People’s Daily, Xinhua News, Xinhua Daily, Yangtze Evening Post, Suzhou TV, Gusu Evening News and more.

Researchers from XJTLU have also been included in stories and sought for comment in multi-language media outlets including The China Project, EurekAlert!, Times Higher Education (THE) Campus, Tech Xplore and more.

Topics included “China in a Decade”, industry-university-research collaboration, scientific achievements, expert insights, students’ stories and campus life.

1. “China in a Decade”

Headline: Global voice: 100 vs 10 years, my family’s and my ties with China
Published on: 18 October 2022

Summary: Dr Ellen Touchstone has been a teacher in Suzhou for more than 10 years. She not only loves the city and its culture, but also has a greater understanding of her grandparents, who came to the city 100 years ago.

Headline: 10 years vs 100 years: American lady and her family’s ties with China
Published on: 5 October 2022

Summary: Dr Touchstone’s grandparents came to China 100 years ago. As a witness to China’s development in the past decade, Dr Touchstone says she feels closer to her grandparents.

Special thanks to Dr Ellen Touchstone.

Headline: A housing improvement experiment brings a new look to rural areas
Published on: 11 October 2022

Summary: People’s Daily recently interviewed Dr Adam Brillhart, Assistant Professor at XJTLU’s Department of Architecture. Dr Brillhart says that housing is deeply connected with economic and social development.

Home Story in Jiangsu
Published on: 8 October 2022

Summary: Dr Brillhart led a field research team and analysed the house changes in Jiangsu province in the past 10 years. Their findings provide insight into urban and rural architectural reconstruction. This news was also reported by thecover.cn, wjdaily.com, dayoo.com, TouTiao.com, sina.com.cn, sohu.com, 163.com and more.

Special thanks to Dr Adam Brillhart.

2. Industry-university-research collaboration

Headline: Universities and enterprises join hands to enhance integration

Published on: 19 September 2022

Summary: Suzhou TV recently interviewed Professor Youmin Xi, Executive President of XJTLU and Dr Ken Cheng at XJTLU Wisdom Lake Academy of Pharmacy. They provide insight into industry-university collaboration and talent cultivation.

Professor Xi says industrial academy is an ecosystem that consists of university, business, government and society. Dr Cheng adds that the Academy aims to cultivate biomedical talents for the industry, and they train PhD students in collaboration with enterprises.

Special thanks to Professor Youmin Xi and Dr Ken Cheng.

3. Scientific Achievements

Headline: XJTLU research unveils the sustainability potential of China’s food system
Published on: 30 September 2022

Summary: In a recent study, researchers from XJTLU and Westlake University suggested that China’s policy should attach greater importance to agricultural diversification, which will have far-reaching influence both domestically and overseas.

Headline: XJTLU suggests five ways to successfully adjust to university life
Published on: 20 September 2022

Summary: Recently, researchers at XJTLU’s Academy of Future Education pointed out that students’ proactivity can help them change from passive learning to active learning. This news was also reported by Yangtze Evening Post.

4. Expert Insights

Headline: Gender inequality in exaggerating women shopping habits
Published on: 14 October 2022

Summary: Yicai.com recently interviewed Dr Yanning Huang at XJTLU’s Department of Media and Communication about his research interests in gender and social classes in cyberspace. In 2018, Dr Huang translated the book Uneasy Street: The Anxieties of Affluence by Rachel Sherman into Chinese.

Headline: Trending topic: The Ministry of Education encourages universities to strengthen psychological education in dating. Should we teach students about dating?
Published on: 10 October 2022

Summary: Recently, China’s Ministry of Education commented that universities should improve psychological education in dating, which sparked heated discussion in Weibo.

Subaonet.com interviewed Shiyu Jiang, lecturer at XJTLU’s Chinese Cultural Teaching Centre. Jiang teaches Gender and Psychology of Dating at XJTLU, and she says according to Erik Erikson's eight stages of psychosocial development, university is an important stage of life for students to learn about dating and relationships.

Special thanks to Shiyu Jiang.

5. Students’ Stories

Headline: XJTLU student spent six months on developing an app to avoid staying up late
Published on: 21 September 2022

Summary: Yifei Hu, a Year Three student at XJTLU, spent six months developing a sleep tracker, StaySleep. It records users’ sleeping hours and can read data from devices such as Apple Watch and iPhone. It was listed among the Top 100 Health and Fitness Apps in Apple Store. This news was also reported by Suzhou TV.

6. Campus Life
Suzhou Daily

Headline: XJTLU participates in the Suzhou International Innovation Challenge
Published on: 27 September 2022

Summary: Recently, seven XJTLU researchers presented their innovative projects at the Suzhou International Innovation Challenge. This news was also reported by Yangtze Evening Post and 2500sz.com.

A dialogue between architecture and ancient city: “Nowhere but Hometown” exhibition kicks off at Dongshengli
Published on: 4 October 2022

Summary: XJTLU’s Design School recently organised an exhibition in Dongshsengli, Suzhou. The exhibition, Nowhere but Hometown, brings vitality to the ancient streets. This news was also reported by Yangtze Evening Post and Suzhou Daily.

“Finding Outstanding Chinese Educators in the New Era” holds annual onsite candidate evaluation
Published on: 14 October 2022

Summary: Recently, XJTLU held the fourth round of “Finding Outstanding Chinese Educators in the New Era”. The hybrid event was also reported by Ziniu News Live, Baidu Live and other livestreaming platforms.

Breaking ground and making waves: Eight noteworthy women in Chinese cinema
Published on: 22 September 2022

Summary: Recently, The China Project interviewed Dr Xiao Lu and Sijia Meng from the School of Cultural Technology at XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang). Together they rounded up eight women who have made significant advances in Chinese cinema.

Headline: MXenes-based perovskite solar cell achieves 23.66% efficiency
Published on: 23 September 2022

Summary: In a recent study, researchers from XJTLU and three other universities from China and the UK used a new material called MXene to improve the performance of solar cells. This news was also reported by FocusTechnica.

Researchers uncover fatal flaw in green pigmented concrete
Published on: 25 September 2022

Summary: In a recently study, researchers at XJTLU found that green architectural pigments have impurities that produce poor quality concrete, whereas red and blue pigments have little effect.

Headline: Nanoparticles can improve stroke recovery by enhancing brain stimulation, study shows
Published on: 28 September 2022

Summary: In a recent study, researchers from XJTLU and other universities in China have reported that brain stimulation combined with a nasal spray containing nanoparticles can improve recovery after ischemic stroke in an animal model.

This news was also reported by Technology Networks, Alpha Galileo, Phys.org, Mirage News, SCIENMAG, News Medical, and Vietnam Explorer News Channel.

Meaning making: how universities can boost the uptake of edtech among faculty
Published on: 28 September 2022

Summary: In the article, Dr Na Li, Dr Xiaojun Zhang, and Professor Youmin Xi from XJTLU, and Dr Maria Limniou from the University of Liverpool offer practical tips on how universities can boost the uptake of educational technologies among faculty.

Those Peanuts that we all are (Quei Peanuts che tutti siamo; Italian)
Published on: 12 October 2022

Summary: Recently, Radio Due della Svizzera Italiana interviewed Dr Marco Pellitteri, Associate Professor at XJTLU’s Department of Media and Communication. He spoke on the centennial of Charles M. Schulz’s birth. Charles Schulz was the creator of Peanuts, a world-famous comic strip.

Study assesses the efficacy of hands-free text selection systems for VR headsets
Published on: 12 October 2022

Summary: Recently, researchers at XJTLU and Birmingham City University explored different hands-free text selection systems for virtual reality and augmented reality headsets, especially the approaches that enable interactions through eye blinks.

This news was also reported by News Azi, Today Headline, Vietnam Explorer News Channel.

Digital transformation in construction industry requires more support, study shows
Published on: 14 October 2022

Summary: In their recent study, Kaiyang Wang, Dr Fangyu Guo, and Dr Cheng Zhang from XJTLU, and Professor Dirk Schaefer from the University of Lincoln identified the main obstacles preventing efficient digital transformation in the engineering and construction industry. The top three barriers are a lack of guidelines, leadership, and resources.

This news was also reported by BIMPLUS, Innovation Report, Alpha Galileo, Eurasia Review, Tech Xplore, Mirage News, Bioengineer, SCIENMAG, and Direct Industry E-Magazine.

By Xinmin Han
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